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8 Technologies We're Thankful For

Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, remember? So, let's express appreciation for the technologies that make our lives better. These are the gadgets, apps, and tools that have earned our eternal gratitude.
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It's easy to imagine that the upcoming holiday weekend is about coping with turkeys (metaphorical or otherwise), cheering a football team, finding the best Black Friday sale, or avoiding giving your family free technical support.

But remember: Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day when we openly appreciate all that we have. Ideally, each of us has plenty of personal joys to celebrate. I hope your own list is a long one.

What's not to like about the idea of dedicating a day wherein the purpose is to remind us to be thankful? That sentiment isn't applicable only to the people (and cats) in our lives. It's about everything that helps us become comfortable, productive (or cheerfully unproductive), and spiritually balanced. Because technology often can improve the quality of life, it's worthwhile to take a few moments to give thanks for some of those technologies, too.

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Some of these items are so commonplace, you probably use them every day and don't even think twice about how much they've transformed your life. Others might not fall under your definition of "technology," though these products certainly have a significant amount of technology required to make them possible -- and indispensable -- to our everyday lives.

This list is unabashedly personal, but I expect you can relate to several of these items. Add your own favorites in the comments section below, and together we can expand our range of "things to appreciate."

Esther Schindler has been writing for the tech press since 1992. She specializes in translating from Geek into English. Her name is on the cover of about a dozen books, most recently The Complete Idiot's Guide to Twitter Marketing. Esther quilts (with enthusiasm if little ... View Full Bio

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nasimson
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nasimson,
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11/25/2015 | 8:59:00 AM
Word wrap!
@Esther: The word wrap story is hilarious. I'm sure many people can relate to it. I never had such an experience. So I'm not as thankful!
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PedroGonzales,
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11/25/2015 | 1:03:27 PM
Re: Word wrap!
I'm thankfull  for the word processor. I remember my father buying me an electric type writer.  If I made a mistake, I had to use white out to cover it, then type it over to make it look nice.  Finally, try to align it again on the type writer.  There was no grammar or spell checker, you mistype, you had a lot of work cut out for you.
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Brian.Dean,
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11/25/2015 | 6:18:38 PM
Re: Word wrap!
Microsoft Word 97, copy-paste, and it seemed that magically the universe had more resource than at the start.

Google search would be another technology that has changed the lives of everyone. An individual can have a educational degree in a specific science but, they can still manage to lookup expert information concerning a completely different area of science.
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Todder,
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11/26/2015 | 12:22:48 PM
Re: Word wrap!
Duct tape without a doubt is a life saver. After that is Frog tape for painting :-)
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11/26/2015 | 3:08:05 PM
Re: Word wrap!
I love the fact that there is a Word Processor in existence now, but I'm not really a fan of MS word. In fact I find it too complicated and cluttered with too many variables. It is really hard to delete a blank page and merge documents having different formatting!
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SunitaT0,
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11/26/2015 | 3:10:02 PM
Re: Word wrap!
Brian raised a point here. Where would we be without Google search? Google was single handedly responsible for a huge bump in number of people who used the internet. Earlier people weren't a fan of it because it was too complicated.
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SunitaT0,
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11/26/2015 | 3:11:51 PM
Re: Word wrap!
I think instant noodles are more of a life saver than duct tape. Oh and ABS in cars!
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11/26/2015 | 3:13:21 PM
Gps
GPS is the single best thing to have come. And whoever thought Mobile Phones could use this technology is nothing short of a genius.
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nomii,
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11/26/2015 | 9:17:49 PM
Navigation

I believe that navigation tool is the one I go for at first place. It is so helpful especially when you are on a foreign tour of an unknown surrounding. I have used it and found it very useful.

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11/26/2015 | 9:20:05 PM
Weather App

I would also like to add weather application. It has made our lives very comfortable as we aleady know to some extant about the prediction and can plan our selves accordingly.

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